Shishapangma is one of the lovely mountain of Tibet, which lies in its Autonomous Region of the Peoples Republic of China. Only very few people in the world have an idea about the Shishapangma before Chinese opened Tibet to the western summiteers in 1978 A.D. The Tibetans regard it as the holy mountain. It is the youngest among fourteen mountains above 8000m. That lies in high Himalayan ranges. The North West Ridge (normal route) to Shishapangma takes us up easy angled snow slopes up to 35 degrees with one steeper section. The necessary lines will be fixed and placed on the steeper or crevassed sections. Following our acclimatization in Zhangmu & Nyalam, we will arrive at base camp 5000m ready to do our final preparations and acclimatization walks. Yaks transport our expedition gear from Base camp to ABC at 5,400m. Three further camps will be place en-route. Some times the extra additional days are also required for acclimatization at different places until climbers succeeds the summit. If the climber succeeds the mountaineering early than the scheduled tenure they may leave the base camp before the prescribed time as well.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
We welcome and receive you in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and transfer you to the Hotel for overnight stay. At evening you’ll join with us dinner program in typical Nepali Restaurant. Hotel (BD)
Day 02-03 : Visa document application and Preparation for Expedition
These day we are busy for briefing about expedition, documentation, visa application, last minute shopping and preparation for departure to expedition. We’ll also introduce to our Nepali crew coming with you for expedition. Hotel. BLD
Day 04 : Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750m)
Begin Expedition with Bus drive till Nyalam, Tibet via crossing Nepal- China friendship bridge. We’ll meet liaison office at the border, leave our Kathmandu bus then organize truck and jeep ride for Tibetan Side until the base camp. Officials checks for the permit, visa etc. Overnight at Hotel. BLD
Day 05 : Rest day at Nyalam for acclimatization
Today is the rest day for acclimatization in order to cope our body with heights. Walk in the surrounding hills, hang out around. Overnight at hotel, BLD
Day 06 : Drive from Nyalam to Tingri 4340m
After breakfast, drive 4-5 hour drive to reach Tingri. Overnight at hotel. BLD
Day 07 : Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization
Rest & Acclimatization in Tingri. Overnight at hotel. BLD
Day 08 : Drive from Tingri to Base Camp 5000m
Overnight at tented camp BLD
Day 09 : Rest day at Base Camp for acclimatization
Overnight at tented camp BLD
Day 10 : Base Camp to Advance Base Camp 5400m
After loading up the yaks with all the equipment, we set off with them on the 20km (12 mile) trek to the advance base camp. Initially we follow a jeep track to a plateau above the river, and then the west bank of the valley to ABC (advance base camp) near the snout of the Yambughangala Glacier (5600m). This is in an impressive location, with the giant white pinnacles of the glacier leading up the valley to Shishapangma. Here we unload the yaks and set up camp, which will serve as the take-off point for the climb. From here the Sherpas will do most of the load carrying. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11-37 : Climbing Period for Mt. Shisapangma 8012m
Enough time needs to be allowed for bad weather and slow acclimatisation. Depending upon conditions, two or three camps are set up above ABC. Start climbing leading to a large camping area at 6,400m. Reach the shoulder of the mountain and camp 2 (7,000m) gaining a lot of height. From camp 2, the North-West Ridge is easily reachable. There may be snow and ice climbing. There are fixed ropes are placed on all steep sections. Requirement of a high camp depends upon the weather and other conditions. Climb the long summit ridge which rises across the snow slope below. The West Summit (8,008m) of Shishapangma is quicker to reach than the main summit. After summiting, withdraw from the mountain removing all equipment and rubbish and taking it back to ABC.
Day 38 : Return to Base Camp
Be back to the Base Camp. Equipments are carried by yaks. Prepare for tomorrow's departure from Tibet. Overnight at Tented Camp. BLD
Day 39 : Drive Base Camp to Tingri 4340m
Overnight at Hotel BLD
Day 40 : Drive Tingri to Chinese Base Camp
Overnight at tented camp BLD
Day 42 : Base Camp to Advance Base Camp 5400m
With yaks carrying the expedition's supplies, we trek up the long valley to the base camp. Three nights will be spent at intermediate camps rising respectively 5,200 m and 5,450 m before continuing to the base camp. The benefit of acclimatization will be greatly appreciated when we finally reach the camp, our home for the duration of the climb. We arrive at the base early on day 15 and spend the afternoon organizing climbing equipment. Day 16th will be Acclimatization day at the base camp. Overnight at tented camp. BLD .Overnight at tented camp BLD
Day 43-69 : Climbing Period for Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m
From this point on, it’s not really possible to detail a climbing plan, because the pace will depend upon the leader and the particular team. We set about acclimatizing and learning skills needed for climbing the mountain, such as how to use the oxygen bottles and radios. We will also sort out our equipment and clothing needed for the mountain, setting aside the food we want for the upper camps (as this will be placed there for us ahead of time by the Sherpa). From the base camp we climb along the glacier toward the mountain and Camp 1. Because of the high altitude, this first trip up the Gyabrag Glacier and onto the mountain itself is for familiarizing participants with climbing and their equipment. It provides an excellent opportunity to view the route that will be taken and assess the mountain conditions. Throughout the climb, the leader will use a method that adjusts team members to the ever-increasing altitudes. This will be achieved by "climbing high and sleeping low," until each person feels suitably well-adjusted to make the next move up to a higher camp. At each camp, the team will climb high but then return to the lower camp to sleep.
Summit Day begins early, as it takes several hours to make breakfast, hydrate properly, and fully prepare equipment before embarking. The camp faces west, so there is plenty of time for preparations before we depart as the sun rises. Once on our way, easily navigable snow and rock ledges lead through the short rock band above the camp. Gradually the angle of the slope relents until we emerge onto the broad windswept back of the mountain. Now it is only a matter of putting one foot in front of the other to slowly gain the towering distant summit of Cho Oyu, overshadowed only by Mt. Everest. The magnificent vista surrounding us as we cross the vast summit plateau toward the peak includes Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Menlugtse, Gyachung Kang and Gaurisankar, as well as the peaks of the Khumbu Himal. We reach the summit five to eight hours after leaving Camp 3. For the descent the same route will be followed, with nights spent at Camp 3 and Camp 1. If we are successful in completing the climb ahead of schedule, we will leave the base early and head back to Kathmandu. However, past experience has shown that we will need all of the allotted days unless mountain conditions and the acclimatization process go exceptionally well.
Day 70 : Return to Base Camp
Be back to the Base Camp. Equipments are carried by yaks. Prepare for tomorrow's departure from Tibet. Overnight at Tented Camp. BLDDay 71 : Leave Tibet
Drive to Nepal. Cross the Friendship Bridge by the afternoon. Camping or lodge stay at the Nepal Tibet border at Tatopani. BLD
Day 72: Arrive in Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu. You’ll be welcomed in the hotel. (BL)
Day 73 : Rest and shopping day
Today you’ll have free in Kathmandu. You can have sightseeing in the cultural heritage inside Kathmandu, buy souveniers and thankas to take back home or anything as the day is free and easy. At evening we’ll host farewell-Celebration dinner with local typical cultural experience in Restaurant adjoining our crew that were in the expedition time with you. Overnight at hotel (BD)
Day 74 : Transfer for Final Departure
We transfer you to the airport for final departure 3 hours before flight schedule. Farewell and departure.